In the latest video from the Deluxe Edition of New Ways: Music from the Documentary I Dream of Wires, Solvent goes head-to-head with Wrangler—aka Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire. The result is an alluring combination of their two aesthetics, Solvent’s sleek, bobbing synths getting scuffed, sliced and diced by Mallinder. In a way, it’s a fine illustration of the film’s themes, two modular synth aficionados with slightly different approaches combining to illustrate the instrument’s timelessness and versatility.
The wait is over. C418’s Minecraft – Volume Alpha, the bright, beautiful score to the celebrated game Minecraft is full of quiet, almost ambient music that works perfectly as a fully-realized, stand-alone album. C418—also known as Daniel Rosenfeld—has crafted tiny, sparkling songs, soothing and soft. It’s the perfect soundtrack to the waning days of summer.
On October 30, Shigeto will return with Intermission, an EP designed to bring fans up to speed on what he’s been exploring musically in the two years since No Better Time Than Now. Shigeto’s musical restlessness has led him down a number of widely-varying musical paths—playing in a jazz quartet, recording with Detroit rappers—and Intermission is meant, in Shigeto’s own words, as a signpost pointing equally to his past, present and future. The EP is a snapshot of a moment in time, capturing an artist who’s branching out in fascinating ways.
You can get a preview of the album’s mood by listening to “Pulse” above.
We’re excited to announce the continuation of our partnership with Warby Parker, which began in the summer of 2013. This time, we’ve collaborated to create Henning—beautifully minimal frames with a sense of character that’s strong and distinct without being distracting. Our desire with Henning was to showcase quality, character and resilience—three attributes that perfectly describe the creators paired with these frames. Ghostly’s own Sam Valenti IV, designer Shawna X and DJ and musician Justin Carter demonstrate each of these traits in their work, dedicating themselves to creativity with focus, intention and passion, and producing art that demonstrates a consistent, singular vision.
That same aesthetic went into the design of the limited-edition Henning frames. They are the perfect example of excellent craftsmanship resulting in work that’s masterfully executed and deeply felt. To commemorate the release, Warby Parker interviewed Sam, Shawna and Justin about their craft. You can read those interviews here, and purchase your own pair of limited-edition Henning sunglasses here.
Heathered Pearls delivered a sizzling, floor-shaking mix for NTS Radio recently, featuring selections from Duncan Rossi, Kemback, Novelist, NEVER SLEEP, Infiniti and more. The set is available for streaming above, and is a great cross-section of the music that inspires Heathered Pearls.
In this feature for the great long-form video publication Kill Screen, Daniel Rosenfeld—who records as C418—talked about his musical beginnings, and how he eventually came to develop the soundtrack for Minecraft. He specifically addresses the music’s beautiful, ambient aesthetic, and how it complements the game in surprising and unlikely ways: “’When I started working on the game, it was just a prototype of a world…it was a very lonely experience back then. We didn’t implement online multiplayer, so it was by design very lonely. And luckily, it still turns out to be kind of a lonely game, even if you play with your friends.’”
To celebrate the release of the modular synth documentary I Dream of Wires on Netflix, iTunes and DVD, we’re excited to announce a deluxe edition of New Ways: Music from the Documentary I Dream of Wires, Solvent’s soundtrack for the film. The re-release features all-new artwork, and contains a full 74 minutes of additional bonus material, including previously unreleased Solvent music from the film, as well as new remixes from artists who were interviewed for the film, including Wrangler (feat Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder), Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey), Orphx, Martial Canterel, and more. To celebrate the release, he’s also unveiled a video for “Pattern Recognition,” which you can watch here
Solvent’s involvement in the project extends beyond just the music—a devoted fan of modular synths, Solvent’s Jason Amm produced and co-wrote the documentary, and served as an interviewer for several of the conversations in the film. The music on New Ways reflects the synth’s unique sound, full of warbling electronics, robotic rhythms and odd, ambient interstitials. It’s not just the perfect accompaniment to the film, it’s a glimpse at what the machine can do, and offers compelling evidence for why it’s returned to favor.
[Get the Deluxe Edition of New Ways: Music from the Documentary I Dream of Wires at the Ghostly Store]